Offensive Coaching Staff
Assistant Coach - Offensive Coordinator / QBs
A coaching veteran of nearly 40 years, Dan Dodd is in his first year serving as the Cardinals’ offensive coordinator, after spending the previous five seasons as an assistant at Arkansas State. Dodd will also work the Cardinals quarterbacks.
Dodd has experience coaching in 12 bowl games, including the 2015 GoDaddy Bowl and New Orleans Bowl as a member of the Arkansas State staff. He also brings playoff experience coaching at the FCS and high school levels.
During his time in Jonesboro, Ark., Dodd helped create a record-setting offense that set school standards for touchdowns and yards of offense. Dodd also spent time as the Red Wolves recruiting coordinator, where he helped bring in the Sun Belt’s top signing class (according to Rivals.com) in 2014.
During the 2015 season, he assisted with an ASU passing attack that posted the fifth-most passing yards in school history and 35 rushing touchdowns. Dodd directly worked with honorable mention All-Sun Belt tight end Darion Griswold, who signed a free agent contract with the Indianapolis Colts after the season.
Dodd’s career has taken him from the high school ranks through every level of the collegiate game. Prior to his stop at Arkansas State, Dodd spent time at Tulane, New Mexico, TCU and Utah State. He has also spent time at the FCS level (Western Illinois) and the junior college ranks (Butler Community College). He was hired at Arkansas State after a stint as head coach and athletics director at Capistrano Valley Christian School in San Juan Capistrano, Calif.
Dodd served as the offensive coordinator at Tulane for four seasons, working with the Green Wave quarterbacks. He was also named assistant head coach for the final three seasons in New Orleans. In 2010, the Green Wave ranked 38th nationally in passing offense, while running back Orleans Darkwa garnered freshman All-America recognition after setting a Green Wave freshman record with 925 rushing yards and 11 scores.
Darkwa’s emergence as the leader of the rushing attack came just a year after Dodd’s offense produced a 1,000-yard rusher in Andre Anderson. That season, Anderson teamed with receiver Jeremy Williams to produce the first 1,000-yard rushing and receiving tandem in program history.
During his time with the Green Wave, Dodd also worked with Matt Forte. As a senior, Forte was one of the nation’s leading rushers posting a school record 2,127 yards on the ground, which was the seventh-best single-season performance in NCAA history.
Dodd went to Tulane after spending seven seasons at New Mexico, including six seasons as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. Dodd followed Dennis Franchione to TCU after New Mexico’s 1997 bowl season, where he spent two seasons as the TCU offensive coordinator before returning to New Mexico in January 2000.
Dodd was a member of coaching staffs at New Mexico and TCU that produced four-straight winning seasons from 1996-99 and participated in three consecutive bowl games (1997-99). New Mexico won the Western Athletic Conference Mountain Division title in 1997 and played in the Insight.com Bowl. TCU defeated Southern California in the 1998 Norwest Sun Bowl and No. 20 East Carolina in the 1999 Mobile Alabama Bowl.
During his time in Albuquerque, UNM’s offensive production not only improved but Dodd mentored several athletes who were recognized on a national level. Tailback DonTrell Moore became just the sixth player in NCAA history to rush for 1,000 yards in four consecutive season. Moore would go on to become Mountain West Conference Player of the Year, while former quarterback Graham Leigh was named WAC Mountain Division Offensive Player of the Year.
Dodd began his coaching career in the Southern California high school ranks in 1980, before leaving to become an assistant at Butler (Kan.) Community College. He served as head coach his final two seasons at Butler, and helped lead the team to three Jayhawk Community College Conference titles.
A native of San Clemente, Calif., Dodd is a 1978 graduate of Drake University, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in education. He set three school passing records as the Bulldogs quarterback, and was the 1977 co-captain.
Dodd, and his wife, Dayona, have a daughter, Anne, and a son, Bobby, and three grandchildren.
Throughout his career, Schultz has worked with quarterbacks, running backs, receivers, tight ends, secondary and linebackers.
He and his wife, Cindy have three daughters, Taylor, Kendall and Jordan, and he is a 1979 graduate of Sam Houston.
Assistant Coach - Recruiting Coord. / OLBs / Strong Safeties
Cam Clark enters his first season on the Cardinals’ coaching staff after spending the 2016 campaign as the defensive coordinator at Faulkner University. Clark will work with the LU strong safeties and outside linebackers.
Prior to his season at Faulkner, Clark spent three years working with current Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn serving as a defensive graduate assistant. During his time with the Tigers, Clark worked with Auburn’s safeties and nickle backs, as well as special teams. Clark was also heavily involved with recruiting.
During his time at Auburn, the Tigers climbed to the top of the Southeastern Conference. Auburn locked up the 2013 SEC West Division title on its way to an SEC Championship with a victory over Missouri in the title game. The Tigers rolled their way into the National Championship. It was a nearly unthinkable accomplishment prior to the season as the Tigers were coming off a 3-9 campaign that saw them fail to win an SEC contest.
Clark served in a similar capacity under Malzahn at Arkansas State. He assisted with a team that won the 2011 Sun Belt Conference Championship and played in the GoDaddy Bowl.
Clark’s stop at Faulkner as the defensive coordinator was his second trip to the university. He made a stop in Montgomery, Ala. in 2008 when he was hired as the secondary and wide receivers coach. Clark also served as Faulkner’s recruiting coordinator during that time.
Clark’s coaching career followed a successful playing career at Harding University where he was a four-year letterwinner in football and track and field. Clark received his bachelor’s degree from Harding in 2007. He graduated from Auburn with a masters in adult education in 2014.
Clark and his wife, Dana, have a two-year old son, Hutch.
Assistant Coach - Running Backs
Eric Buchanan is in his first season working with the Lamar University running backs. Buchanan will be working with a very young stable of backs in 2017 as LU lost its top-two leading rushers from a year ago.
Buchanan comes to the Golden Triangle from Iowa Western where he spent the 2016 season working as the Reivers defensive backs coach and special teams coordinator. Iowa Western has left a paper trail of success when it comes to putting its defensive backs in four years schools. Just since 2001, 18 members of the Reivers’ secondary have gone on to play at four-year institutions, including 16 at the NCAA Division I level. Of those 16, 12 signed scholarships at the FBS level. That list includes five all-conference and all-region players and one All-American. It was no different during Buchanan’s short time on staff.
Buchanan went to Iowa Western following an internship at TCU. Buchanan worked with the Horned Frogs’ defensive backs and specials teams during the 2015 season. That season, TCU posted an 11-2 overall record and finished seventh in the polls after a victory in the Alamo Bowl.
Buchanan played his collegiate football at TCU after a standout prep career at DeSoto High School. Buchanan was a four-year letterwinner for TCU where he worked his way into the starting lineup as a junior. He received his bachelor’s degree from TCU in 2006.
Following his graduation, Buchanan was invited to play in the inaugural Texas vs. the Nation High School All-Star game. Buchanan was an undrafted free agent signee by the Dallas Cowboys in 2007, and he played professionally with the Dallas Desperados.
Buchanan and his wife, Ciji, have two sons, Eric and CJ.
Assistant Coach - Wide Receivers
Kevin Brown is in his first season as the Cardinals’ wide receivers coach after spending five years on staff with Larry Coker at UTSA. Brown will take over a young crop of LU receivers for the 2017 season.
Originally hired as a UTSA’s tight ends coach for the 2011 season, Brown was eventually promoted to offensive coordinator. He spent four years as the offensive coordinator, while coaching the Roadrunners’ quarterbacks. He helped a very young UTSA program record above .500 records (8-4 in 2012 and 7-5 in 2013) during his first two seasons on campus. During his time in San Antonio, Brown’s offenses produced eight all-conference selections.
Brown has a very strong knowledge of the Southland Conference. Prior to joining the Roadrunners’ staff, Brown spent four seasons at Texas State where he coached wide receivers and the Bobcats kickoff return team. During his time in San Marcos, Brown helped coach the Bobcats to a Southland Conference title and an automatic berth in the FCS playoffs.
The Bobcats’ run to the Southland title in 2008 marked one of the best single-season turnarounds in the nation. Texas State went from just four wins the year prior to eight during its run to the title. During his short time in San Marcos, Brown produced four All-Southland receivers.
Brown’s first coaching stint came at his alma mater, where he spent two years working as an offensive graduate assistant at TCU. During that time, the Horned Frogs won the 2005 Houston Bowl and the 2006 Poinsettia Bowl.
Following a standout prep career, Brown spent four seasons as a receiver at TCU where he worked his way into the starting lineup during his junior year. During his four years on campus, the Horned Frogs won two WAC titles and a Conference USA championship and played in four bowl games.
Brown received his bachelor’s degree in business administration from TCU in 2002. He also has two master’s degrees from TCU – Master of Education (2004) and Master of Liberal Arts (2006). He, and his wife Erika, have been married for 10 years.
Assistant Coach - Offensive Line
After spending two seasons at James Madison, where he produced one of the nation’s top offensive fronts, Jamal Powell joins the Lamar University coaching staff where he will work with the Cardinals offensive linemen.
During Powell’s two years with JMU, he helped produce a dominant line that guided the Dukes to a 14-1 (.933) overall record and the 2016 FCS National Championship. The Dukes closed the season winning their final 12 games and posted a perfect 8-0 record in Colonial Athletic Association games.
The Dukes set several conference records, including marks for scoring (700 points), rushing offense (4,125), total offense (7,612) and first downs (380). Nationally, JMU led the FCS in winning percentage, completion percentage (70.8) and team pass efficiency (181.69).
JMU also ranked second nationally in scoring (46.70 ppg), fourth in third-down conversions (50 percent), fifth in rushing yards (275.0), sixth in fumbles lost (4), eighth in turnover margin (1.13) and 10th in turnovers lost (13). JMU’s offense also produced 18 100-yard rushing performances. Among all the records being set, Powell also coached three players to all-conference honors, including a pair of All-Americans.
Powell came to JMU from West Virginia State, where he was the run game coordinator and offensive line coach, as well as the program’s strength and conditioning coach. Before WVSU, Powell held the same title at Seton Hill University.
He has also had stints as a coach at Texas A&M (graduate assistant coach/offensive line), Centre College (run game coordinator/offensive line) and Southwest Baptist University (run game coordinator/offensive line).
During his time at Texas A&M, he coached three All-Big 12 linemen, two which were selected in the NFL Draft. At Centre College, Powell coached 13 All-Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference offensive linemen, three of which earned All-South Region honors and one that was a two-time All-American. He also coached one all-conference lineman each at SBU and WVSU.
Powell spent time playing for four different professional football organizations, including time with the Tennessee Titans and Houston Texans. He also spent two seasons in the Canadian Football League.
A native of Houston, Powell played collegiate football at TCU where he was a first-team All-Conference USA selection and All-America honoree. He closed out his career by receiving consideration for the Rimington Trophy, and was named the C-USA Strength and Conditioning Athlete of the Year.
The four-year letterwinner graduated from TCU with a degree in speech communications and a minor in business. Powell and his wife Rachel have two daughters, Jaden and Ellison, and a son, William.